Gay Amsterdam, More Than Damn Thrilling – The Gay UK

Author: , February 13th, 2019

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Paris may try to lure you in with its reputation for style and sophistication, Berlin with its unconventional ways and underground creativity and San Francisco with its liberal mindset. Gay Amsterdam, however, has all of this but doesn’t feel the need to flaunt it. It is the coolest looking person in the club, and it knows just how cool it is. If Amsterdam didn’t exist, you would think it’s too unbelievable to be real, a fictional utopia, the product of an over-zealous mind.

As always the Eurostar journey was effortless, the perfect combination of speed, practicality and comfort, which could almost be the motto on the coat of arms of the city I was heading for. You can travel directly from London to Amsterdam for as little as £35 per person, and Amsterdam to London (with a stop in Brussels) for £65.50 per person. Time your return to London smartly and spend the day in Brussels at no extra cost.

My destination was The Toren hotel, only 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station, nestled seductively in the iconic canal belts of the city and the perfect location from which to explore the main attractions at the heart of Amsterdam. Chic, theatrical and more than a little bit mysterious, this old building blends warmth and comfort and is rich with vivid patterns and lush interiors.

By Ray Si – Full Story at The Gay UK

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Gay Amsterdam – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , August 17th, 2016

Gay Amsterdam - The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Amsterdam is not a huge city, so I was surprised by the amount of gay bars and clubs of the city: there is something for every taste! Yes Gay Amsterdam has a lot to offer! The city throws one of the best Gay Prides too! Its doesnt run on the streets, but on the canals: it is a procession of boats, really unique! This year, 2016, Amsterdam hosts the Europride, so an even bigger crown than usual is expected!

Most of the gay scene happen in the center of the city. There are a few hot-spots where most of the gay bars are concentrated: the choice is very vast. Amsterdam is the ideal location if you are into bar hopping, like me: as you know Scruffy Gios is a professional gay bars hopper 🙂

This is the Scruffy Guide to the top 5 bars in Gay Amsterdam!

Gay Amsterdam – Taboo

This is the perfect bar where to start your bar hopping! But I recommend you to visit it also a few different times along the way! Taboo is a very relaxed gay bar located on the main Amsterdam gay street, Reguliersdwarsstraat. It has an excellent happy hour in the afternoon ! This is the reason why it gets busy pretty early: plenty of professionals flock to this bar soon after work for a chilled pint or two. In summer, and anyway on a sunny afternoon, its terrace get very crowded: try it on a hot Summer Sunday night! Its relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect bar to enjoy a chat with a few strangers and some hotties! The place gets also busy at night, during the happy hour at 2 am: of course I took advantage of it, just before heading to other bars!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Barangay Bed & Breakfast – Gay B&B in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Author: , March 19th, 2016

Barangay Bed & Breakfast

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Barangay is a Filipino word meaning small village. Our tropical decorated Amsterdam bed and breakfast guesthouse was built in 1777 on the former coastline of Amsterdam and still has her original facade.

The rooms are decorated in nostalgic colonial style with a tropical accent. Each room has cable tv, refrigerator, digital radio alarm clock, coffee/tea making facilities (and video per request), and a private bathroom. Don’t worry – we also have nice beds!

The rooms are non-smoking but 2 rooms have garden doors to a small patio where smoking is allowed.

One street behind is the longest shopping street in the Netherlands, but Droogbak itself is very quite. All tourist attractions are within walking distance.

The Central Station for all kind of public transportation is a short 3 minutes walk. Bars, restaurants, (coffee) shops, canals, bike rentals, and more, you will find just around the corner. It will only take you 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport by car/train.

The guesthouse is next to the famous Jordaan quarter, where you can also find Anne Frank’s house.

The Area is called ‘the Golden Reaal’it, and is right in the old centre 200 meters southwest from the Central Station. Parallel with ‘Droogbak’ (our street) you will find the Haarlemmerstraat’ and the ‘Brouwersgracht’ (brewery canal). The Haarlemmerstraat is a former sea dike, now a very nice street with restaurants,(coffee) shops, barbers, laundry, and an art-deco cinema etc.

The Brouwersgracht is one of the most beautiful canals connecting the 4 main canals. Our B&B is next to the famous Jordaan quarter where you can also find Anne Frank’s house, and markets on Saturday and Mondays. Within easy walking distance:

  • Shops & Restaurants: 1 minute
  • Central Station: 3 minutes
  • Jordaan Area: 3 minutes
  • Red Light District: 5 minutes
  • Nearest Gay Scene: 5 minutes
  • Anne Frank House: 8 minutes
  • Dam Square: 10 minutes
  • Leidseplein: 25 minutes

To get here, take any tram, metro, bus or train going to Central Station. From the Central Station it is only a 3 minute walk to Barangay Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse. Coming out from the Central Station (main entrance facing the tram stops), you turn right direction Ibis Hotel. After passing the Ibis, immediately across the modern (steel) foot bridge and take the stairs up front.

In front of you, you’ll see a little square and a huge free standing red-brick building with white stripes,and a red door in the middle. this is on droogbak. With the railtracks at your right side, walk towards that building and you will find Barangay on its left side,on number 15.

We look forward to showing you everything in gay Amsterdam!

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Gay Travel: What’s New in Gay Amsterdam

Author: , November 5th, 2015

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My jaw actually drops as I witness a 30-something woman ride past me on a bicycle: she holds an iPad with one hand, nonchalantly swiping it with the other, while a toddler rides shotgun in a rear-mounted baby seat.

Along with these supernatural biking abilities, Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most visited and progressive cities, also features legal marijuana coffeeshops, a “blue light” gay prostitution district, and the beautiful, iconic canals and architecture. This city also continues to evolve in exciting, design-forward ways, with a proliferation of hotels, housing, and Michelin-starred cuisine to accommodate the flood of visitors and expats charmed into staying. Hipster culture has fully taken root, bringing new life and slick artisanal businesses to previously neglected, ramshackle neighborhoods. Designers and artists here are joining the same league as Scandinavia’s with their superb clothing and lifestyle products (the G-STAR and Chasin’ brands were born here). It’s simply hard to not love Adam, as the city is nicknamed, although non-Dutch should perhaps refrain from iPad use while bicycling.

The NDSM wharf exemplifies this “new Amsterdam.” Accessed by either a free ten-minute ferry ride from Central Station or a 20-minute bus (via underwater tunnel), the NDSM was formerly home to the world’s largest shipbuilding company during the mid-20th Century. Today, NDSM has been reborn as a trendy, hipster mecca (with help from city council subsidies), with outstanding restaurants/bars, a skateboarding park, affordable student housing, creative offices, a museum, and more.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport

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My Gay Amsterdam

Author: , January 30th, 2015

Tom SwatlingOriginally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

Why is Amsterdam a great city to visit?

Museums galore and a lively night life. It’s a small city and everything is within walking distance (although the Dutch prefer bikes, which are readily available to rent.) Many tourists are attracted to the coffeeshops with their exotic menus of grass and hash.

By gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

Image by David Swatling